uTsiki : SOLD
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Previously exhibited at Miami 2021.
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Forming part of Zizipho Poswa‘s ongoing series, iLobola, uTsiki is made from hand-coiled clay combined with cast bronze. The series pays homage to the spiritual offering at the heart of the ancient African custom of lobola, or bride-wealth: the cow. Whereas traditionally the groom’s family would gift a certain number of cows to the bride’s family after a process of negotiation between the two parties, in more recent times the animals are often replaced by a monetary payment – leading the practice to be viewed as more commercial in nature. But this obscures the primary purpose of lobola, says Poswa – that of ‘ukwakhiwa kobuhlobo, the building of relations between the two families.
In Xhosa culture, uTsiki is the ritual where the bride to be (umakoti) eats the meat and drinks sour milk from a goat born into the family of which she is marrying into. This is a welcoming ceremony indicating that the bride is now a part of this family.
Bronze, Glazed Stoneware
65.0 x 221.0 x 192.0 cm (25.6 x 87.0 x 75.6 in)
Southern Guild, Silo 5, Unit 5B, South Arm Road, Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
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